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Cause of elderly woman’s death undetermined after autopsy

February 28, 2019

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut medical examiners say the cause of death of an 86-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease who went missing this week remains undetermined and more testing is needed.

An official with the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office told the New Britain Herald on Thursday that the cause and manner of Mary Braga’s death won’t be determined for another six to eight weeks, pending toxicology results.

The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office earlier had mistakenly told the newspaper that Braga died of blunt force trauma to her head after being struck by a vehicle, but that was the cause of death of another woman.

Braga was reported missing Tuesday evening and found dead near her New Britain neighborhood Wednesday. Police said it appeared she wondered off as temperatures dropped below freezing.

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This story has been corrected to show that the cause of Mary Braga’s death remains undetermined and more testing is needed. The medical examiner’s office mistakenly said Braga died of blunt force trauma to her head after being struck by a vehicle, but that was the cause of death for another woman.

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Information from: New Britain Herald, http://www.newbritainherald.com